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Georgia CASA Conference 2013 Handouts

Additional handouts will be posted as they are received from the presenters.

Workshops and Presenters

Workshop Block I: 9:45 – 11:15

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment - Amber McKeen, Child Abuse Prevention Trainer, Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Best Practices Hiring and Firing - Marquetta J. Bryan, Esq., Partner, Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP

Innovation & Collaboration: A System of Care Approach for Teen Parents in Custody; Legal Guide; Informational Flyer- Molly Casey, System of Care Administrator, Teen Parent Connection

DFCS Policy & Practice - Katherine Herren, DFCS & Sharon L. Hill, Ph.D., Division of Family and Children Services Director, Federal Regulations & Data

Making a Best Interest Recommendation - The Hon. Britt Hammond, Juvenile Court Judge, Toombs Judicial Circuit, Melissa Carter, Executive Director, Barton Center & Christopher Church, Policy Analyst, Administrative Office of the Court

Big Mama’s Chair: Getting From the Company Furniture to the Kitchen Table - LaDonna Wattley, LCSW, Founder, CEO, Wattley Training Institute, LLC 

Childhood Trauma and Psychiatric Illness - Brent Wilson, MD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Child Welfare Collaborative

Powering Your Program with CPRS - George Li, Development Lead, Supreme Court of Georgia, Committee on Justice for Children & Angela Tyner, Director of Advocacy & Program Development, Georgia CASA

Workshop Block II: 1:30 –  3:00

The Judges’ Panel - The Hon. Bradley J. Boyd, Chief Juvenile Court Judge, Fulton County Juvenile Court,
The Hon. Britt Hammond, Juvenile Court Judge, Toombs Judicial Circuit & The Hon. John Worcester, Juvenile Court Judge, Appalachian Judicial Circuit

Building Better Boards - Brad Ray, Executive Director, SOWEGA CASA, Inc. & Jennifer King, Program Operations Director, Georgia CASA

Knowing Who You Are: Developing a Healthy Racial and Ethnic Identity - Terene Bennett, Training Specialist, National CASA

Conflict Management for Successful Leadership; Conflict Management Styles Quiz - Jamila A. Mindingall, M.S.C.M, Conflict Management Specialist, Collective Deliberation

Success Beyond 18: A Better Path for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care - Christopher Church, Policy Analyst Principal, Administrative Office of the Courts, Sarah Greenblatt, Senior Associate Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative & Heather Rowles, Executive Director, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children

Resource Toolkit For Child Advocates - Melissa Carter, Executive Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Working With Sexually Exploited Children - Kirsten Widner, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Workshop Block III: 3:15 –  4:45

Understanding Psychological Evaluation - Carolyn Johnson, Ph.D., Atlanta Psychological Services

Here Are My Rights - Anthony Reeves, MAAC/EmpowerMEnt

Working With Children of Incarcerated Parents - Kirsten Widner, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Barton Child Law and Policy Center

DFCS Educational Programming and Partnerships- Lamar Smith, Director, Community Programs, Division of Family and Children Services, Jennifer Williams, Education Support Monitor (Region 8 & 10), E.P.A.C. Program, DFCS & Kyle Berry, Program Manager, E.P.A.C. Program, DFCS

Prevent Now: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse - Krista Gonce, Regional Prevention Coordinator, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Trauma Informed Care - Brandy Rogers, LPC, Clinical Program Specialist, Department of Family and Children Services

Creating a Framework to Promote Child Safety, Permanency and Well Being - The Hon. Judge Michael Key, Juvenile Court Judge, Troup County Juvenile Court

Awards of Excellence Spotlight - Connie Stephens, Executive Director, Hall-Dawson CASA Program &
Dianne Scoggins, Executive Director, CASA of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit